Following on from Cheryl’s article on student performance – it may be obvious, but the difference in education today compared to 10 years ago is quite astounding. A very different world to when I was using nibbed pens with inkwells! Children are exposed to so much variety and opportunities that learning styles and interests are sure to be provoked. Flipped classrooms, guided inquiry, student agency are just some of the ways we work to excite children and stimulate their creativity. Hopefully schools won’t quash a child’s innovative juices through only teacher-directed lesson and standardised testing. Education should be – and is – much more than that. This is what makes our School-wide pedagogy of SOARING so exciting and relevant.
The Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival this year was again a resounding success. The organisation by Mr Laube was superb as usual and the help received by parents and staff made for another great event. The children behaved impeccably and the competition was fierce yet fun. Congratulations to Moffatt for winning. The following children are the age champions for 2017:
8/9 Boys: Joshua Jansen-Merlin – Moffatt
Runner-up: Oscar Birkett – Prince
8/9 Girls: Alyssa Smith – Halstead
Runner-up: Ella McDermott – Prince
10 Boys: Harry Behrndt – Gooch
Runner-up: Joshua Shepherd – Prince
10 Girls: Sienna O’Toole – Moffatt
Runner-up: Emily Curnow – Moffatt
11 Boys: Daniel Neve – Halstead
Runner-up: Jack Button – Halstead
11 Girls: Karpagha Ramanathan – Moffatt
Runner-up: Ella Behrndt – Gooch
12/13 Boys: Luke Wilkins – Gooch
Runner-up: Tom Donaghey – Halstead
12/13 Girls: Emily Bell – Gooch
Runner-up Billie Sandercock – Halstead
Year 6 Boys Champion: Luke Wilkins – Gooch
Year 6 Girls Champion: Emily Bell – Gooch
For the first time, our Athletics Day on Friday 31 March, will incorporate all the children from the Junior School, rather than just Year 3-6 so it promises to be a special day. Just a reminder that house t-shirts are not compulsory for this event.
Parent/Teacher Interviews are currently being organised and will provide you with the teacher’s view of your child’s early progress. 15-minute blocks have been allocated but feel free to organise another time if this is insufficient. Here is a copy of the email sent out last week with the booking instructions.
Thanks to all who came to the P&F Dads’ Evening last Friday. It was a very convivial and enjoyable night. Thanks go to Wayne Dixon, Neil McNish, Dan Paterson, Richard Anderson, Ben Clark and all the other helpers for organising it.
There is still so much happening in the last three weeks of this term – Year 6 Canberra Trip, Year 4 Hindmarsh Island Camp, Whole School Chapel Service (Palm Parade), Easter Service, ASO visit, to name a few!
We also would like to pass on our congratulations to ‘Miss Tash’ from the ELC and Jackson Shaw (Old Scholar 2009 – and Mr Shaw’s son!) on their recent engagement!
Head of Junior School